Big Brother Loves Your Phone

A great visualization of one person’s location, as tracked for 6 months by their cell phone carrier.  The person is Malte Spitz, a Green Party politician in Germany.  He fought a legal battle with Deutsche Telekom to obtain their records of his movements.  This kind of data is collected on essentially everyone with a cell phone, and last year in the US carrier Sprint provided it more than 8,000,000 times to US law enforcement via a convenient online API.  Many of them also sell the data in aggregate for marketing purposes.

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Zane Selvans

A former space explorer, now trapped on Earth. Just trying to make sure we don't blow up our one and only spaceship.

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